Shakespeare for School

A first introduction to Shakespeare and his works

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The Comedy, History and Tragedy of

William Shakespeare

 

 

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ISBN: 978-14451-3187-0 (hardback), 978-14451-3188-7 (paperback), 48 pages, fully illustrated

Published by Franklin Watts, part of Hachette UK

A beautifully illustrated first introduction to William Shakespeare - his life, times and plays.

 

Published in the year of the 450th anniversary of his birth, this book covers everything from his birth and school life in Stratford-upon-Avon to living in Elizabethan London and co-owning the Globe theatre. It captures the world of Elizabethan theatre and has clever, short summaries of some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays: the comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Twelfth Night; the histories  Henry V and Richard III; and the tragedies Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar.

 

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The Elizabethan Age

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School life in Stratford-upon-Avon

Illustration of London

Shakespeare's Craft: his writing style, inspiration, tools and language

Elizabethan Theatres: the architecture, interior and the experience for theatre-goers

Map of Shakespeare's London: the theatres, landmarks and where he spent his time

London 1592: what is was like to live in one of the world's busiest and most exciting cities

THE ILLUSTRATOR

 

Adria Meserve

Adria is a picture book author and illustrator who loves illustrating with all kinds of paints, inks, stenciling and collage. Originally from America, she spent many years in London studying History of Art, teaching and then writing and illustrating. She now lives in Hitchin with her husband, two children and two gerbils. Adria enjoys spending time in museums and libraries researching costume, buildings, places and people. Her favourite place to go is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Adria was introduced to Shakespeare in secondary school and was struck by the intense atmospheres and mysterious otherworldliness created in many of the plays. Her favourites are Macbeth and The Tempest.

THE AUTHOR

 

Ever performed in a
Shakespeare play?

Sadly no. I'm a terrible actor.

Best Shakespeare performance
I have ever seen

RSC Taming of the Shrew with Josie Lawrence. Also Catherine Tate and David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing (a recording, not live)

My Shakespeare confession

I once went to see Macbeth, and when Macduff was about to kill Macbeth, someone in the audience shouted "Get on with it!" (It wasn't me though!)

Anna has written many books for children – including lots on Shakespeare. She lives in Edinburgh in Scotland, and works at home. She writes at her desk, in a sleeping bag with arm holes in the winter. If you'd like to know more, visit www.annaclaybourne.co.uk.

Anna Claybourne: Q&As

Favourite Shakespeare play

The Winter's Tale

Favourite Shakespeare character Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing,

or Paulina in The Winter's Tale

or Richard III. Can't decide!

Character most like me

Rosalind in As You Like It

Quote I know from memory

"Halfway down hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade!

Methinks he seems no bigger than his head." from King Lear

Illustrations © Adria Meserve 2014.
Text © Penny Worms 2014. All rights reserved.